Biography




STEPHEN WALTER

Born in London in 1975, Stephen Walter is of English and German heritage. Currently Lives and Works in London.

Stephen Walter’s work is a continual investigation into the topography of environments, and the idea that the genre of landscape can be seen as receptacle for meaning.

His art and practice mainly consists of working onto paper with drawing, painting, photography, reprographics and print. All these works grow out from his obsessive drawing techniques and photo-reproductions into the influences of the outside world – its cultures and politics, the phenomenon of shared space and the juxtapositions of personal and collective experiences of place. These influences fall back again into his forms and mark making, where each work is an intricate and layered world in itself.

The maps, depicting both real and made up places, are a series of arrangements and constellations of natural, physical and artificial features. They are a tangle of words, symbols, graphic forms, concepts, histories, epithets and autobiographical references – where cultural residues inhabit certain locations. These in turn – make up a complex of hidden meanings, associations and wider contradictions.

The landscape works often draw the viewer’s gaze from grand viewpoints into the immersion of microscopic details – the play between the micro and the macrocosm, and high and low art. They also observe the reoccurring patterns found in nature that are past down from one generation to the next, over long periods of time. These works also explore the phenomenon of Pareidolia within images – wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists.

In recent works, Walter has gone on to reassess the ever-evolving concepts of landmarks in today’s society (both physical and cultural); also sculptural forms such as his Hagioscope Frame, Walterian London – a digital application with Cogapp, and more recently into the processes of collage.

 

SOLO SHOWS

 

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2016   Solo Show (including the Mayfair & St James’s Map) – Shapero Modern, London, UK

2016   Nova Utopia – also at Shapero Modern, London, UK

2013   Anthropocene – TAG Fine Arts @ LondonNewcastle Space, Shoreditch, London, UK

2009   *The Island – The Courtauld Institute, London (with TAG Fine Arts), Touring Show                including, Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, Exposure Gallery, London, UK

2008   *The Island – Launch, The Crypt, St. Pancras Church (with TAG Fine Arts), London, UK

2007   Old Master Re-Vamp – Royal Academy of Arts, Lower Sackler Wing, London, UK

2005   Be Aware of Everything – The Drawing Gallery, London, UK

2005   Chance Meetings – Vertigo Gallery, London, UK

2004   Photoworks #2 – Deutsche Bank, London Wall, UK

2003   The Vault @ Foundry, London, UK

2003   Window – Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings. (In conjunction with Shot By the Sea International Film Festival), UK

2003   Solo Show – Cru Restaurant, London, UK

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

 

(* indicates publication)

2016   Utopia, Somerset House, London UK

2016   RWA Secret Postcard Auction, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK

2016   Show and Tell (curated by DJ Simpson), Britannia Works, London

2015   *The World in a Mirror – Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium

2015   The Poly-Olbion Project: The Faerie Land – Royal Geographical Society, London & The Forum, University of Exeter, UK

2014   alpha beta carta, des mots dans les cartes­ – Parc culturel de Rentilly, France

2014   *RE: DEFINE 2014 – Dallas Contemporary, USA

2014   Enclosure – Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London, UK

2014   Unstable Ground – Paper Gallery, Manchester, UK

2014   *The House of Fairy Tales, Cartography Portfolio – St Barnabas House. London, UK

2014   LIVEPOOL LOVE 2 – Liverpool World Museum, Liverpool, UK

2014   Mapping London, Thames Festival, Gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower (Daniel Crouch Rare Books). London

2014   Blue – Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK

2013   *Final Show – Lookal01, Breda, Netherlands

2013   The House of Fairy Tales – Sutton House. London, UK

2012   *Mind The Map – London Transport Museum, London, UK

2012   *Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands – British Library, London, UK

2012   LIVERPOOL LOVE – In association with Claire House – Museum of Liverpool, UK

2012   Viewpoint – SPACESHIP, Tel Aviv, Israel

2012   Vis Loci – Griffin Gallery, London, UK

2012   Polemically Small: Art in London now (curated by Zavier Ellis and Edward Lucie-Smith) – Orleans House Museum, Richmond, UK

2012   Get Carta – Karinjanssen projectspace, London, UK

2011   Polemically Small – Torrance Art Museum, CA, USA

2011   *The Art of Mapping – (curated by TAG Fine Arts) The Air Gallery, London, UK

2011   Heartlands – Great Brampton House, Hereford, UK

2011-2016   Stephen Walter’s Map of Liverpool – (Display ongoing), ‘Hub’ Space, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2010   *Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art – British Library, London, UK

2010   Selection of Tjorg Douglas Beer – The Forgotten Bar, Berlin, Germany

2010   The Art of Giving – Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2010   PAPYROPHILIA – Charlie Smith Gallery, London, UK

2010   *Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK

2010   Elephant Parade London 2010 – London wide installation, UK

2010   ALIENIMMIGRATIONSDIENST – The Forgotten Bar, Berlin, Germany

2010   Stephen Walter’s Map of Liverpool – (Display ongoing), ‘Hub’ Space, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2009   The Future Can Wait – (Zavier Ellis & Simon Rumley), Old Truman Brewery, London, UK

2009   Collected Fragments Sunderland Museum, UK

2009   There’s Something I’d Like to Tell You – IMA Village, Berlin, Germany

2009   *West London Story – Thoughts on an Artists Book – Bradbrook House, London, UK

2009   *Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK

2009   Stephen Walter’s Map of Liverpool – (Display ongoing), ‘Hub’ Space, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2009   Lay of the Land20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK

2008   In Drawing – Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK

2008   *Blood on Paper – Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2008   Subterranea – Friday Late, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2008   The London Book of the Dead – The Crypt, St. Pancras Church, London, UK

2007   Situation 33 – Bleibtreu Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2007   Mapping the Imagination – Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2007   *Drawing Breath – Touring Show, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapour – National Art School Sydney, Australia. 2008 – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK – The Robert Gordon University Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

2007   Alles Nahe Werde Fern – Lookal01, Breda, Netherlands

2007   Notting Heaven – Sartorial Contemporary Art, London, UK

2007   *Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK

2007   Royal Academy Printmakers – Print (vb.n) Gallery, London, UK

2006   Broken Romanticism – (curated by Stephen Walter) Standpoint Gallery, London, UK

2006   *Drawing Breath – Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK

2006   *Drawing Inspiration: Contemporary British Drawing – Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, UK

2006   Obsession – (curated by Robin Mason), Sartorial Contemporary Art, London, UK

2006   England Dreaming – 17 Bedford Row, London, UK

2006   Another Product – Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, UK

2006   On The Map – North House Gallery, Manningtree, UK

2006   *Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK

2006   Soft Warm Places Called Home – The Residence, London, UK

2005   *Bayennale – The LAB, San Francisco, USA

2005   Transit Village – Jack London Square, Oakland, USA

2005   Drawing Two Hundred – The Drawing Room, Tannery Arts, London, UK

2005   40 Artists – 40 Drawings – The Drawing Gallery, London, UK

2005   Salon de Freehand – Studio 6 (Rob McHaffie), Fitzroy Australia

2005   Postcard 2005 – Filmbase, Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

2005   Improved: The Post Card Project – (curated by Francesca Gavin), Fosterart, London, UK

2005   Contemporary Artists Play Pictionary – The Agency, London, UK

2005   *Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK

2005   Salon – The Hollow, London, UK

2005   Photo-Synthetic – Esmond Robinson Gallery, London, UK

2005   Make it or Brake it – The Residence, London, UK

2005   Minimuseum – Launch Port Eliot, Cornwall – Paul Smith, London, UK

2005   RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London, UK

2005   Fosterart – Fosterart, London, UK

2004   *Jerwood Drawing Prize 2004 – Touring show incl. The Jerwood Space, London – The Lowrey Centre, Salford, UK

2004   25 Drawings – 25 Artists – The Drawing Gallery, London, UK

2004   30×30 – Vertigo Gallery, London, UK

2004   New Photography – Sarah Myerscough, London, UK

2004   The Artist and the City – Spectrum Gallery, London, UK

2004    Summer Exhibition – Case 1 Gallery, London, UK

2004   *Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK

2004   Mobile Clubbing, London (various)

2004   Shorticulture – (Suzie Watson) Gin Glik, London, UK

2004   RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London, UK

2004   Media Centre – London, UK

2003   Albino – 291 Gallery, London, UK

2004   Walter&Craig – (Joint Show with Andrew Craig) Foundry, London, UK

2004   30X30 – Vertigo Gallery, London, UK

2004   Christmas Show – Vertigo Gallery, London, UK

2004   RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London, UK

2002   Sale – Selfridges, London

2002   14”X14” – Century Gallery, London

2002   Transgressing the City’s Limits – (Dialogue with Kelly Bushell) The Bull Theatre, Barnet, UK

2002   Drawing – Vertigo Gallery, London

2002   30X30 – Vertigo Gallery, London

2002   RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London

2002   Vertigo Graphics – Vertigo Gallery, London

2002   Batteries Not Included – Fortress Studios – Catch 22 – The Rocket Complex

2001   Ghost – Inside Space, London

2001   *The Show 1 – Royal College of Art, London

2001   *MA Printmaking Artists – Clifford Chance, London

2001   RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London

2001   Apthorp Fund for Young Artists – Touring Show, London

2000   Group Show – BBC Broadcasting House, London

2000   RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London

2000   Printmaking & Sculpture Interim – Royal College of Art

2000   Apthorp Fund for Young Artists, Touring Show, London

1999   Absolute Secret – Royal College of Art

1999   Apthorp Fund for Young Artists, Touring Show, London

1998   *NEAC Open – The Mall Galleries, London

1998   Dual Show with Rachael McKraw – 60/40, Manchester, UK

1998   Absolute Secret – Royal College of Art

1998   First Open Print Show – The Place, Letchworth, UK

1998   Apthorp Fund for Young Artists, Touring Show, London

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Victoria & Albert Museum, UK

The British Museum, UK

The British Library, UK

Deutsche Bank, London, UK

British Government Art Collection, UK

Houses of Parliament Museums, London, UK

Trussardi Foundation, Milan, Italy

Royal Geographical Society, London, UK

University of Manchester Library Collection, UK

London Transport Museum, UK

Royal College of Art Drawing Collection, London, UK

Royal College of Art Printmaking Collection, London, UK

London Borough of Barnet Public Collection, UK

Hiscox PLC, UK Exeter University Collection

Cecil Sharp House, London, UK

David Roberts, London, UK

Cyril Taylor, Taylor Owen, UK

Soho House – Berlin & London.

Asticus Collection, UK.

Plus a number of other international private collections

 

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES / COMMISSIONS

 

2014-16           Map commission, Poly-Olbion Project – Flash of Splendour Arts CIS & The Lottery Fund, UK

2014                Map commission, Hertsmere Council, UK

2011-12           London Subterranea, London Transport Museum, London

2010-17           Orion Books, Cover designs for – Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch

2009                Business Design Centre, London.

2008                Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Subterranea

2008                Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Blood on Paper

2008                Hospital Records, London Elektricity Album Cover design – Syncopated City

2007                Residency, The LAB, San Francisco, USA

2005-07           Fellowship in Printmaking – Royal Academy of Arts Schools, London

2007                Epson Head Quarters, UK

2004                Jerwood Drawing Prize 2004, 2ND Prize, UK

2003                Residency, Artist in Access – Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London

2002                Residency, Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys, Barnet, UK

2002                Apthorp Fund (Purchase Prize), London Borough Of Barnet

2001                Tim Mara Charitable Trust (Printmaking), Royal College of Art, London

2001                Daler Rowney Drawing Prize, Royal College of Art, London

2001                Apthorp Fund (Purchase Prize), London Borough Of Barnet

2000                Suny Purchase College Travel Award – New York, USA

1998                Apthorp Fund (Purchase Prize), London Borough Of Barnet

1998                Letchworth Art Centre Print Prize, UK

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS / CATALOGUES

 

2017                Stephen Walter, The Island: London Mapped Posters, Prestel/Random House, London

2016                Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, Routledge, Oxford, UK

Individuals & Society, Hodder Education, London, UK

2015                Stephen Walter, The Island: London Mapped, Prestel/Random House, London

2015                The World in a Mirror (exhibition catalogue), Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium

2014                Bradley L Garrett, Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital, Prestel / Random House, London

2014                Jerry Brotton, Great Maps: the world’s masterpieces explored and explained, Dorling Kindersley, London, 2014

2013                Stephen Walter, The Visitors’ Guide to Nova Utopia, TAG Fine Art, London

2013                London Subterranea Poster, London Transport Museum, UK

2013                Lokaal01 and Frederik Vergaert, Once More unto the Breach, Dear Friend, Once More, Breda/Antwerp, Belgium

2013                A Antonis, R Klanten, S Ehmann & H Hellige, A Map of the World According to Illustrators & Storytellers, Gestalten, Berlin

2013                The House of Fairy Tales Cartography Portfolio (House of Fairy Tales & TAG Fine Arts), UK

2013                Coriander Studio Box Set Portfolio, London, UK

2012                Walterian London by Cogapp. Ipad App, (released 2012)

2012                Claire Dobbin, London Underground Maps: Art, Design & Cartography, Lund Humphries / London Transport Museum, Farnham, UK

2012                Liverpool Love, Box Set Portfolio (with Coriander Studio), Liverpool, UK

2011                M Gray, H Limon, D Ewer & H Shilland, The Art of Mapping (exhibition catalogue), TAG Fine Arts, London, UK

2010                Peter Barber and Tom Harper, Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda & Art (exhibition catalogue), The British Library, London, UK

2008                Stephen Walter, The Island: London Series (exhibition catalogue), TAG Fine Arts, London, UK

2007                Downs, Marshall, Sawdon, Selby & Tormey, Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, I B Tauris, New York, USA

2007                Curwen Studio Box Set Portfolio, UK

2001                Royal College of Art, Department of Printmaking Box Set Portfolio, UK

2001                Royal College of Art, The Show 2001, London, 2001

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

2016                Catalogue essay for Stephen Walter´s Nova Utopia , Blurred Lines, Clarisse M. Monahan, 26 January

2015                Evening Standard, London Books, Mark Sanderson, Dec 03

2015                The Guardian, The Island: Book Review, David Shariatmadari 21 May

2015                Londonist, The Island book review, Matt Brown, 18 May

2015                The Observer, Artist Stephen Walter: ‘My maps are all about human residues and traces’, Tim Adams, 10 May

2015                The Guardian, May Picture Gallery, , 10 May

2015                Quadrapheme, Book Review, Derek Turner, 9 June

2015                The Londonist, Rivers of London, Matt Brown, 30 January

2014                Terrain: Essays on the New Poetics, Shady Cartography, J Nieuwland,. December 2014

2014                Apollo Magazine, Greatest hits of London Cartography, Peter Watts, 11 September

2014                Jackson’s Art Blog, Drawings from Stephen Walter’s World, Lisa Takahashi, 9 September

2013                International Map Collectors Society, Worth a Look: Stephen Walter’s ‘Anthropocene’ and                         ‘Nova Utopia’, Autumn

2013                Bluecoat Liverpool, interview with Stephen Walter and Bradley Garrett, Nov

2013                The Economist, Intelligent Life, Clare Clark, Cartophilia: Buried Treasure, May/June

2013                Wired Magazine, Exhibition showcases artist’s highly intricate, hand-drawn maps,

Olivia Solon, 28 June

2013                Design Week, London Mapping, Emily Gosling, 27 June

2013                1883 Magazine, Stephen Walter, Jacopo Nuvolari, June

2012                Society of Cartographers, Bulletin Vol 46, 3 Sep

2012                Life Magazine – China, Beibei Yin, Issue 80, July

2011                The Independent, Mapping a return to whimsical cartography, Matilda Battersby, 3 October

2011                Barnet Times, London life captured in Barnet artist’s works, Rebecca Perring, 31 August

2011                Guardian, Words on the street: Stephen Walter’s city maps, Kevin Braddock, 2 Feb

2011                Art of England, Tool Kit, Issue 86 October

2011                Ham & High, The map that sees Londoners’ lives from a totally new perspective, 29 September

2009                Guardian, Guide to Drawing: Artist Stephen Walter on how he draws, Perri Lewis, 19 September

2009                Art in Liverpool, 30 September

2009                The Hospital Club, Issue 21

2009                Printmaking Today, Artist’s Eye, Michael Sims, Spring

2009                The Courtauld Institute of Art, February

2009                Culture 24, Stephen Walter, Miltos Manetas & Dzifa Benson, East Wing, Ben Miller 22 January

2008                Electronic Beats Magazine, …and the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth!, Lars Borges, Lisa Borges &                         Viktoria Pelles, Issue 03

2008                con Magazine, William Wiles, April

2008                The Londonist, Zoe Craig, 6 February

RADIO

2015                BBC London, Robert Elms Show – interview, 12 May

2012                Londonist Out Loud, N Quentin Woolf, 1 December

2009                BBC 6 Music, George Lamb show – interview, 30 October

2008                BBC London, Robert Elms Show, February

2003                Resonance FM @ Foundry, London – interview (Bill Drummond) and panel talk. 19 Dec

 

TALKS | TEACHING | WORKSHOPS

 

2017                Visiting lecturer, Architectural Association, Landscape Urbanism MA, London, UK

2017                Utopia Think Tan, Somerset House, London, UK

2016                University of Liverpool, Cartographies of Citizens, UK

2016                London Transport Museum, Friday Late – Designology, UK

2016                Treadwell’s Book Store, London Lore (including John Mathews, Iain Sinclair), UK

2016                Grimshaw Architects, London, UK

2015                Queen Mary University, Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, UK

2015                Living Maps Symposium, Burbeck University (With Bradley Garrett & Laura Oldfield                                            Ford), UK

2015                Visiting lecturer, Greenwich University, Dept. of Architecture, UK

2015                Royal Geographical Society, (with John Mathews), UK

2015                In Search of Shortcuts, Unstable Ground, Simon Woolham (Virtual)

2014                RIBA Architecture Partnership Anniversary Symposium, London, UK

2014                Member of the scientific Committee of the exhibition De wereld gespiegeld, Museum aan de                      Stroom (MAS), Antwerp, Belgium

2013                Liverpool International Gothic Festival, UK

2013                Oxford University, Dept. of English, UK

2012                London Transport Museum, London Subterranea (with Will Self and Robert Elms), UK

2012                Society of Cartographers, 48th Annual Conference, University College London, UK

2011                Air Gallery, London, UK

2010                British Library (with Iain Sinclair, Grayson Perry & Lisa Jardine), UK

2008                In conversation with Robert Elms and Carl Vann, St Pancras Parish Church, UK

2007                Royal Academy Schools, Fellow in Printmaking Lecture, UK

2006                Standpoint Gallery, Contemporary Arts Society, London, UK

2005                The LAB, San Francisco, USA

2005                Visiting lecturer, UCA Canterbury, (Dept of Fine Art), UK

2004                Visiting lecturer, University of Huddersfield (Dept of Fine Art), UK

2001                Royal College of Art, Judge for entry applications, Printmaking Dept.

 

EDUCATION

 

1999-2001       Royal College of Art – MA Fine Art Printmaking

1995-98           Manchester Metropolitan University – BA Fine Art (1st Class Honours)

1994-95           Middlesex University – BTEC Diploma in Art & Design Foundation